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Looking Down on Human Intelligence: From Psychometrics to the Brain

Ian Deary


Human mental ability differences have a hierarchical structure, and may be viewed at levels from general ability (g) to specific abilities. Ability differences show moderate stability across the lifespan, moderate heritability, and some predictive power in the fields of education, work, and social life. The most persistent mystery is the origin(s) of individual differences in cognitive and biological processes. The book reviews the search for these origins. The chapters cover historical work from antiquity to the 20th century. Research addresses the search for the origins of mental ability dif ... More

Keywords: IQ, mental ability, cognitive ability, reaction time, inspection time, genetics, brain imaging

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2000 Print ISBN-13: 9780198524175
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2008 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198524175.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Ian Deary, author
University of Edinburgh
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